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Mandarin Ducks and Water Plantain

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MFA impressions: 11.21127, 21.6660, 21.7904


Poem: Oshidori no/ wakare mo mitari/ asa arashi おし鳥の わかれも見たり 朝嵐


Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆


Censor's seal: kiwame Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1830–35 (early Tenpô era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #5; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #s 77, 256; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 143; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #6.2


Ôtanzaku; 38.4 x 17.3 cm (15 1/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper